Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Lindsey Kelk lights up the night...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to have Lindsey Kelk back at CLC today. Her latest romcom, On a Night Like This, was published last week and she's here to talk about it with us, as well as share some other fun things about herself. Thanks to HarperCollins 360, we have TWO copies to give away!

Lindsey Kelk is the Sunday Times bestselling author of books including the I Heart series, In Case You Missed It, and One in a Million, along with the middle grade Cinders & Sparks series.

As well as writing her ‘witty, funny, warm and clever books’ (thanks, Marian Keyes), Lindsey co-hosts the award-winning beauty podcast, Full Coverage, and Tight and Fights, a pro-wrestling podcast on the Maximum Fun network.

Born and raised in South Yorkshire, Lindsey lived in London and New York before settling in LA, where she lives with her husband and two rude cats.

Visit Lindsey online:
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

Within days of wishing she could change her life, Fran Cooper is acting assistant to a celebrity, on a yacht in the Mediterranean, and en route to a tiny Italian island and the glittering Crystal Ball, along with the world’s rich and famous.

When she – quite literally – bumps into a handsome American called Evan, a man able to keep his cool in the face of chaos, the magic really begins.

Evan makes her a promise: no last names, no life stories, just one unforgettable night. Yet Evan belongs at the Crystal Ball and Fran is a gatecrasher. They may be soulmates, but their homes are an ocean apart, and their lives a world apart. They’ll never meet again – unless, on a night like this, everything can change forever… (Courtesy of Amazon.)

“So uplifting and wildly romantic”—Marian Keyes

“I fell head over heels in love”—Beth O'Leary

“The literary equivalent of opening a glass of wine with your best friend”—Mhairi McFarlane

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
Any time someone says I made them laugh. I love to receive any kind of messages from readers, writing can be a very isolating experience, but my absolute favourites are usually DMs from people telling me a book helped them through a difficult moment or just gave them a chance to escape real life for a while. For me, there’s any greater compliment.

What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing On a Night Like This?
The entire writing process on this one was challenging! On a Night Like This was my (first) lockdown book and it was so much more difficult to write a pacey romcom while stuck in my house with so much uncertainty than I had anticipated. I actually threw out my first draft completely and had to start over a couple of times. Thank goodness for my editor. That said, it was probably my most rewarding writing experience to date, Fran’s story was very cathartic for me and gave me a chance to work through some of my own stuff. It’s been incredible to get messages from people who also felt seen and found some comfort in her story.

If On a Night Like This were made into a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?
We’d have to start with "On a Night Like This" by Kylie Minogue! Definitely "Enchanted" by Taylor Swift which was a huge influence on this story, "I Can’t Help Myself" by The Four Tops, "Hold Back The Night" by The Trammps, "Hands to Myself" by Selena Gomez, "Something Changed" by Pulp and "Take a Chance on Me" by ABBA. Fun, poppy, dance songs with a romantic leaning. I could go on forever honestly, I love music. 

If you could partner with any author to write a romcom, who would it be and why?
Donna Tartt. Come on, Donna, let’s do it, I promise it’ll be fun.

What do you like to do most in your spare time?
I love watching TV and movies, I’m obsessed with Yellowjackets right now, and of course I read a lot. One of the best bits of being an author is getting sent advance copies of books, I consider myself extremely lucky. Lockdown made me a Peloton person and I’m still totally in love with my bike (CodyRigsby4eva), plus I’m also the co-host of a wrestling podcast called Tights and Fights, so I watch a lot of pro-wrestling. No, really.

What song is currently playing on a loop in your head?
The Yellowjackets theme tune! That and "Alone" by Heart. I heard it the other day and my husband has asked me to stop suddenly bursting out my off-key power ballad every hour or so. It’s a reasonable request.

Side note from Melissa: At least you don't have Encanto songs constantly taking up headspace!

Thanks to Lindsey for chatting with us and HarperCollins 360 for sharing her book with our readers.

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Nancy said...

I would not have a podcast, but if I did, it would be about books. I would call it Bookabrations.

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Rita Wray said...

It would be about great books to read.

Kelley said...

I would love to do a podcast on living healthy. I have lost a considerable amount of weight and kept it off. I’d title it Live free… free of the scale and counting calories and embracing ourselves wholly.

traveler said...

My podcast would be called Travels with Bogie. Love and life with a wonderful dog companion.

Toni Laliberte said...

I would have a podcast about cold case murder mysteries and I'd call it Cold Case, Old Case.

diannekc said...

My podcast would be about endangered animals and the conservation efforts to help the species. It would be called "To The Brink and Back".

holdenj said...

No idea of the name, but it would be a mix of gardening, genealogy and books!
And keep us posted if Donna Tartt takes up Lindsey on her romcom idea!

Mary Preston said...

I'm not even sure what a podcast is. I'd pass on this.

Nancy P said...

Not really my thing but I would probably have a Paul Harvey style broadcast.

Linda Kish said...

I would not be doing a podcast. That would require talking and I lose my voice after about 5-10 minutes. It wouldn't go over well. Plus, I don't like talking to people much.

Anita Yancey said...

I would never do a podcast. But if I did it would be about books, and I'd call It Read With Me.

Mary Patricia Bird said...

I don't think I would do a podcast. I couldn't keep up with the discipline. If I did it would either be interviewing authors or something related to fibromyalgia.

rubynreba said...

I would do a podcast about my cat.
Name would be Meows!!!